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When a man who had been on Sebastian Moran's hit list dies, Sherlock resumes the hunt for Moriarty.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Thursday May 02nd, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 07, 2013
AU (ten) Jun 30, 2013
DK (TV2) Mar 27, 2014


Guest Stars
Vinnie JonesVinnie Jones
As Sebastian Moran
Roger Aaron BrownRoger Aaron Brown
As John Douglas
Byron JenningsByron Jennings
As Phillip Van Der Hoff
F. Murray AbrahamF. Murray Abraham
As Daniel Gottlieb (The Actuary)

Co-Guest Stars
Kristine JohnsonKristine Johnson
As TV Reporter
Helen CoxeHelen Coxe
As Hillary Taggart
Tony F. DevitoTony F. Devito
As Convict #1
Aaron BergAaron Berg
As Convict #2
Mark DiconzoMark Diconzo
As Uniformed Cop
Laurence LauLaurence Lau
As Robert Baumann
Morgan WeedMorgan Weed
As The Girl With Rainbow Hair

Carl DucenaCarl Ducena
As NYPD Officer
Main Cast
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael HillJon Michael Hill
As Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson


The episode begins with a man arriving home. He goes to the bar and pours himself a drink, completely unaware of the fact that there is stranger sitting on a couch with a laptop. The stranger clicks a button, and the man has an attack. With the click of another button, he man feels better. The stranger makes the man aware of his presence and tells him that he is able to control his pacemaker through his laptop. He explains that every pacemaker has a unique code and if one knows that, he can make the pacemaker do all sorts of things. The man asks the stranger what he wants. The stranger tells him to cast his ballot, vote to revoke. The man does the same. ..

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Episode Notes
The executive producer/writer of the show Craig Sweeney had to write the song that M. sings because of copyright issues. He used a classic lullaby 'My Bonnie' and changed the words to make it a fight song for The Arsenal Football Club.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bix BeiderbeckeSingin' the Blues 
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Watson comes down the stairs after hearing Sherlock scream, and finds him struggling with a straight jacket.)
Watson: You dislocated your own shoulder because...?
Sherlock: Are you thick?
Watson: Am I thick? You're the one stuck in a straight jacket.

(After telling Sherlock to stay quiet about what he sees there, Moran kills a guard.)
Moran: (While being hauled off) Too late boys! No medic needed! No medic. (Turns back and signals Sherlock to be quiet, then starts singing loudly.) Too late! "Too late", will be the cry when the lady with bags passes by. Sherlock's up and Sherlock's down, but he always wears that sacred frown.

(After Sherlock lies to Gregson, Watson confronts him about it.)
Watson: Last time you lied about Moran you planned to torture and kill him.
Sherlock: I was quite honest about my intentions.
Watson: What if these impulses get triggered again?
Sherlock: You are no longer required to play hall monitor to my impulses.

(Watson isn't convinced, but Sherlock explains that they're looking for another of Moriarty's assassins.)
Sherlock: I'm now more and more convinced that we are in pursuit of one of his agents. He does the same kind of work Moran does, but in a very different way. This man specializes in murders that do not appear to be murders at all. Moran was the sledge hammer, our current query is the scalpel.

(Sherlock and Watson watch a video and plan their next move.)
Sherlock: If I was a sociopath and I wanted to stop anyone from taking too close a look at my murderous transaction I would remove Mrs Taggart from the chess board.
Watson: We need to warn her.
Sherlock: We will do no such thing. Our mission is to study this woman, observe her in her natural habitat. The best way to keep this woman safe is to find out how to kill her.

(Sherlock interrogates the assassin.)
Gottlieb: One more thing. I know you, your face. I was doing some work for him in London a few years ago. I got a text with your picture. You were dabbling in drugs. I had an accidental overdose lined up for you.

(Sherlock gets frustrated over decoding the text.)
Sherlock: Thank you! Watson, you know, some people without possessing genius have a remarkable way of stimulating it.
Watson: Oh, an insult and a boast.

Cultural References
The idea that pacemakers could be "hacked" is a very real possibility, and has led to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of an "Ethical Hacker". Barnaby Jack, who was a reputable "hacker", was scheduled to demonstrate the vulnerabilities at the Black Hat security conference in 2013, but died days before he could share what he had found. After withholding his findings, a coroner's report showed a cocktail of drugs in the man's system. It should be noted that the episode predates the death of Barnaby Jack, by a few months.

"Watson, you know, some people without possessing genius have a remarkable way of stimulating it." This line is nearly a direct quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Craig Sweeny  |  Carl Beverly  |  Sarah Timberman
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Friedman  |  Christopher Silber  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff
ProducerGeoffrey Hemwall  |  Jonathan Filley
Consulting ProducerJason Tracey  |  Christopher Hollier  |  Cathryn Humphris
Associate ProducerMelissa Owen  |  Chris Leanza
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorGerald Valdez
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerJill Footlick
First Assistant DirectorLeo Zisman
Second Assistant DirectorJim Nickas
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Location ManagerPat Weber Sones
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Melchiorre
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorM.J. Magbanua
Assistant EditorSally Anne Fuscoe
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerEric Justen  |  Jeffrey Perkins
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Stunt CoordinatorMike Russo
Art DirectorClay Brown
Post Production CoordinatorTara McSherry
Production AccountantSarah Rubenstein
Chief Lighting TechnicianKevin Janicelli (2)
Transportation CaptainKenny Gaskins
"A" Camera OperatorTim Norman
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Visual Effects ProducerChris Cruse  |  Brad Powell
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
ColoristTony D'Amore
Assistant To The Executive ProducerBrian Rodenbeck
Assistant To The ProducerKammie Mann
Special Effects CoordinatorFred Buchholz
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
First Company GripEd Lowry
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